Globally SUVs have gained popularity and almost every car manufacturer has now started concentrating more on to this segment. In India, Toyota Fortuner is one of the popular SUVs in the segment. It has been in the market for a very long time and is a common sight on our roads. Another SUV which belongs to this segment and is popular among SUV enthusiasts is Ford Endeavour. This full size SUV has been a common sight on many off-road videos that we have seen online. Both these SUVs are capable both on and off the road. Here we have a video where Ford Endeavour Sport and a Toyota Fortuner SUV are seen in a tug of war.
The video has been uploaded by Sanjeet Jaat on his YouTube channel. The experiment is done in two rounds. In first round, both SUVs pull each other on an open field where as in the second round, the SUVs pull each other on tarmac. The main reason why they did this experiment in such a way is to find out how the SUVs perform in different terrains.
When the video starts, both SUVs are parked in an open field and they are both tied with a tow rope. Vlogger asks the driver’s to move the car to opposite direction to lift the rope and create some tension. Then, the vlogger signals them that the competition has started. Both the SUVs start pulling each other and there is dust all over the place. Within seconds after they started pulling, both Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner dug themselves in the loose soil in the field and where not going anywhere.
The first round turned out to be a tie. Vlogger then asks the SUV owners to take it to tarmac. Just like in the field, both SUVs line up and tow rope is tied at the rear. In both these rounds, 4×4 was engaged on both SUVs. The vlogger signals the driver and then both SUVs start pulling each other. Toyota Fortuner immediately takes charge and starts puling the Ford Endeavour. It felt like the more powerful Toyota Fortuner is going to win this competition.
Just when we thought Fortuner has won, Ford Endeavour started showing its capability. It slowly started pulling the the Toyota Fortuner and there was nothing that Fortuner driver could have done about it. Ford Endeavour smoothly pulled Toyota Fortuner and won the round. The result is quite surprising as Ford Endeavour used here gets a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine that generates 167 Bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque. The Fortuner seen here is an older version which is powered by a 2.8 litre diesel engine generating 174 Bhp and 450 Nm of peak torque.
Ford Endeavour is fairly new in comparison to the Fortuner seen in the video. We feel that, the condition of the tyres were not good in Toyota Fortuner and that is why it did not perform very well. The tyres on Fortuner were not able gain traction on tarmac and were spinning whereas the heavier Ford Endeavour did it without any problem.